Author: Nan Jones

How to Grasp the Wonder of God and Find Healing

The porch swing rocked in peaceful rhythm. My spirit stirred as I looked up from my Bible, raising it to my breast, seeking to grasp the wonder of God within its pages. I looked toward the ridge where the sun began its evening descent.

Magenta began rising above the trees. Lavender and apricot clouds tossed their petals across the wide expanse as the North Star made its appearance. Soon a multitude of glimmering stars would make their presence known against an indigo sky.

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Prayer to Pray It Through! But Your Grit is running Out

O Lord, what a battle it has been lately! I keep praying and praying in order to pray it through, but it’s been hard. I’ve been discouraged because I don’t see the results I seek. The shadows of difficulty have dimmed Your fingerprints so that I don’t see them clearly.

Yet I know by faith You are with me. Indeed, You are for me and You are working in my life at all times.

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Surely the Lord is in This Place, But I Didn’t know it

A few nights ago my devotional began with, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it” (Genesis 28:16).

I close out each day reading from a little book of Scripture, each page gathered beneath a theme, a thought … a concept of God. The leather cover of Daily Light is growing soft and worn from use, its pages beginning to take on the fragrance of my hand lotion applied every night as I settle into bed.

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Prayer: Hiding in the Shadow of His Wings, but Needing Mercy

Lord, life is hard, but You are good. Always. Your love remains steadfast even on the hardest, ugliest days. I’m so appreciative of this.

You are my strength, my shield. You are my song in the night. The night has been really long lately — the difficult place more intense.

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